Politics Round-Up: Red and blue blocs level pegging with kingmakers waiting in the wings

Back in the mix again (photo: Facebook/Lars Løkke Rasmussen)
August 3rd, 2022 11:36 am| by Ben Hamilton

The red bloc and blue blocs are level pegging in the polls with 47.9 and 47.8 percent of the vote, according to the latest Epinion poll.

Certainly, the odds of Mette Frederiksen remaining prime minister after the next election have been lengthened to 5/6 by prominent bookmaker William Hill.

Konservative leader Søren Pape Poulsen has been shortened to 9/4 to replace her, while Venstre chair Jakob Ellemann-Jensen remains more or less the same in the betting at 11/4.

Potential kingmakers aplenty
Lars Løkke Rasmussen, the leader of new party Moderaterne, has still not indicated who he will support with his party’s 3.1 percent of the vote.

Inger Støjberg’s new party Danmarksdemokraterne (10.8) could also throw in a curveball, as could Radikale (5.8).

Denmark’s largest printing firms have again confirmed there is heavy demand for posters given the possibility of a general election taking place in the autumn

Vegan party all at sea after De Grønne and Alternativet turn down merger offer
De Grønne and Alternativet have turned down an offer from Veganerpartiet to merge their parties and call themselves Grøn Alliance. Recent polls suggest Veganerpartiet would only win 0.3 percent of the vote in a general election, De Grønne 1.6 percent and Alternativet 1.0 percent. Over 2.0 percent is needed to obtain representation in Parliament. Party leader Henrik Vindfeldt concedes the name of the party “could seem exclusionary” to others. In September 2020, Veganerpartiet quickly gathered the 20,000+ voter declarations needed to take part in a general election, but since then support has dwindled and the party has suffered from prolonged internal conflict.

Former minister wants his seat back
Christian Friis Bach, a former minister with Radikale, has announced his intention to run for Parliament in the next election in the constituency of Hjørring. Bach was the development minister from 2011 to 2013 under Helle Thorning-Schmidt. In recent years, he has been concentrating on running the company Warfair, which imports goods from conflict zones.

Mette’s pension gold continues to deliver
Since 1 August 2021, it has been possible to apply for the right to an early pension via borger.dk. As of June 30, the authorities can confirm that 53,300 people in Denmark have applied and 39,900 have been approved. The scheme, which many consider to be one of PM Mette Frederiksen’s biggest triumphs in office, enables people in physically demanding jobs to retire three years earlier than normal – so from the age of 61.

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